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Hotel Britannia Excelsior

  • Lake Como, Italy, Cadenabbia

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Boasting exceptional views across Lake Como and towards the affluent resort of Bellagio, the Hotel Britannia Excelsior enjoys both an enviable position just a stones' throw from the ferry landing stage allowing you to access and explore the other resorts on one of Italy's most beautiful lakes. 

A former 19th century inn, the decor and design is wonderfully traditional with luxury fixtures and antique furniture making this 3* property feel more akin to a 4*. Rooms are simply yet beautifully decorated with good amenities and views of the lake or town where possible. 

There are wonderful facilities here, each geared towards making your experience as relaxing as possible including the floating pool and deck where you can also find the Churrasco restaurant, an ideal spot for some lunch in the glorious Cadenabbia sunshine. There is also a pool at the Lido just 100m away from the Britannia Excelsior where you'll be privvy to exceptional and uninterrupted views across the lake. As the sun goes down the floating pool bar is the place to be - enjoy your cocktail, included on your Platinum All Inclusive Package, accompanied by music as you watch the sun go down over Bellagio. 

The Platinum All Inclusive Package grants our guests Deluxe rooms as standard, breakfast at the Lido restaurant rather than the general buffet, dinner at the Lido restaurant or Churrasco grill as well as free tea, coffee, wine beer and international spirits. 

Added value

Save up to 5% on the hotel price for holidays between 01 Mar - 23 Oct 20 booked by 31 Mar 20

Rooms

  • No. of rooms: 284
  • No. of buildings: 0
  • No. of floors: 6
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 0
  • Annex:
  • Official rating: 3

Rooms at the Hotel Britannia Excelsior are traditionally decorated with rich Italian hues of ivy, royal blue and gold. Simple and yet homely, rooms offer good amenities and a wonderful space to spend your stay. 

All Inghams guests have deluxe rooms.

Deluxe room (sleeps 2-3)

Deluxe room with lake view (sleeps 2-3) 

Deluxe room with balcony and lake view (sleeps 2-4) 

Single room with French bed (sleeps 1)

All rooms have the following amenities:

  • Shower
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Soundproofing 
  • Safe

Bedroom facilities

  • Cable or satellite programmes
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar or fridge
  • Wireless internet

Accessibility

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Meals

The Platinum Package for Inghams guests at Hotel Britannia Excelsior offers a fantastic selection of dining options. 

Drinks are available from the 'Bubbles Bar' from 10am each day until midnight with last orders at 11.45pm. This includes a selection of spirits and liquors, cocktails and soft drinks. 

Breakfast is taken at the Lido Restaurant just 100m away with a rich continental buffet on offer along with hot options including eggs cooked to order, bacon and sausages. 

Lunch is served in both the Queen Victoria Restaurant as well as at the Lido Restaurant. The Queen Victoria restaurant is beautifully decorated with high arched ceilings, hand painted fixtures and a traditional Italian menu with the likes of spaghetti vongole and pomodoro as well as fresh fish dishes. The more informal Lido Restaurant is known for home cooked style dishes such as rich stews and fresh pizza. 

Dinner can be taken at either of these locations as well as the Cove Restaurant and Lido Rooftop Pizzeria Restaurant where al fresco dining provides some simply breathtaking views of the lake and the mountains beyond. Gastronomic menus are available for dinner at all restaurants for a supplement payable locally. You can also make use of the restaurants located at the Britannia's sister hotel, Hotel Bazzoni which is just a ten minute walk away. Please note these restaurants will carry a local charge. 

The Infinity Pool Cocktail Bar offers incredible panoramic views of Como's cyan waters and a wonderful drinks menu including the classic Aperol Spritz and Hugo. The perfect spot to watch the sunset after a day of exploring the resort. 

**Please note that dinner at restaurants other than the Lido is subject to booking availability. You can book tables through the reception at the hotel to avoid disappointment**

Any dietary requirements need to be advised at time of booking.

Board basis options available

  • All Inclusive

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Cadenabbia

In a sheltered lakeside position on the western shores of Lake Como, Cadenabbia is a super spot for a lakes and mountain holiday - with Mount Crocione behind you, you can look across the lake for wonderful views of the headland village of Bellagio and the Dolomite mountain range beyond. It has been a popular health resort with the British since Victorian times – indeed Queen Victoria herself chose to holiday in Cadenabbia and one of the country’s first Anglican churches was built here in 1891. Other notable heads of state who have sojourned here including Nicholas II, Kaiser Guglielmo II and Pope Pio XI; Mary Shelley wrote about Cadenabbia as long ago as 1844, and a few years later Guiseppe Verdi composed Traviata in the peace and quiet of Villa Ricordo (Villa Margherita). Between the 17th and 19th centuries many other villas were built here and nearby including Villa Collina, Villa Giuseppina and Villa Norella.

Things to do in resort

  • Use the ferries to explore the lake
  • 18 hole golf course at Menaggio
  • Hiking around Monte Grona (above Menaggio)
  • Mountain biking trails around lake
  • Trips to well-known Villas of Balbianello (Lenno), Carlotta (Tremezzo) and Monastero (Varenna)
  • Como Town - 30 minutes away by hydrofoil

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 9.2355902
  • Latitude: 45.9923233

For more information on travel and transport visit our Cadenabbia page

Excursions

EXCURSIONS

We offer a range of guided excursions to help you make the most of your holiday. 

Special Excursion Packages
Pre-book any of the excursion packages below, and SAVE up to £20
Milan + Bergamo + St. Moritz £125 : Booking Code: A
Milan + Bergamo + Stresa and Orta £126 : Booking Code: B
Milan + St Moritz + Stresa and Orta £129 : Booking Code: C

PRE-BOOKABLE

St. Moritz £51, full day, Monday

This full day excursion to St Moritz includes the famous Bernina Express train from Poschiavo and takes you through breathtaking scenery.By coach we take you up the northern arm of the lake, and into the majestic Val Valtellina, one of the great valleys of the eastern Alps and producer of the area’s splendid wines, meats and cheeses. Our first stop, for coffee, is at the small town of Tirano with its notable cathedral.

We then proceed to Poschiavo for the highlight of the day: a spectacular ride on the Bernina Express, past glaciers, over dramatic gorges and viaducts, as far as Diavolezza, covering the highest part of the journey which climbs the steepest gradients in the world (of up to 70%) without the use of cog wheels.

It is then a short and scenic journey on to St Moritz itself, where you have free time to take in the stunning views over the crystal lake, explore and admire the shops and to have lunch.

Our descent, by coach, is no less dramatic. We take the unforgettable road down through the Maloja pass, with extraordinary vistas offered at every moment. The final stop is back in Italy, at the charming, historic town of Chiavenna, the ‘key’ of Italy, where you can explore the town’s attractive, cobbled streets and shops.

Bergamo £48, ¾ day, Thursday

The city of Bergamo Alta has been described as the prettiest open-air museum in the world . Birthplace of the opera writer, Gaetano Donizetti, this sophisticated and stunning small town contains no building newer than the seventeenth century. The cobbled streets contain medieval towers and wonderful views at every turn, and the main piazza is one of the most beautiful in all Italy.

We start our excursion from the picture-postcard, historic village of Varenna, on the eastern shore of Lake Como. Cost of ferry ticket to pick up point not included. (approx €8 return). We then travel by coach along the scenic eastern shore of the lake to the town of Lecco and on past mountain scenery to Bergamo.

You will then have free time for lunch and to explore the town. Bergamo is well known for its meats, cheeses, wines and specialities, both savoury and sweet. You may wish to make your way to a scenic viewing point or visit one of the excellent museums. Or you may simply wish to browse the smart shops and picturesque streets.

In the afternoon we join our expert city guide for an interesting and entertaining tour around some of the streets and monuments, including the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the greatest churches in northern Italy, and the chapel of the great condottiere, Bartolomeo Colleoni, which adjoins it.

Milan £48, full day, Tuesday

Taking the panoramic road along Lake Como’s ‘arm of gold’, skirting past Como, we stop for a coffee-break outside Milan. En route you will receive general instructions about the city and a map, before starting the tour with an expert guide who will first take you around the extraordinary Renaissance Castello Sforzesco, one of Milan's great monuments which was once Europe's greatest fortress.

Then enjoy many of the sights, ancient and modern, from the comfort of the bus, with a full live commentary from our expert guide, until you arrive at La Scala, the world’s most famous opera house. You will then be treated to an entertaining and informative guided tour of the historic centre of Milan, making your way from La Scala through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, to the Cathedral itself. The awe-inspiring Duomo, the third-largest in the world, has the largest stained glass of any cathedral and yet has an ethereal quality conjured up by the pink-veined Candoglia marble and the intricate details of its façade and roof.

Then you are free to enjoy the afternoon you wish. Whether you would like to take the chance to visit one of Milan’s renowned art galleries or museums, including La Scala Museum, sample the designer shops, department stores, enjoy the unrivaled views from the top of the Duomo, or simply enjoy exploring the elegant streets, or the lovely Brera district, full of charming bars, cafes and the site of the famous Brera Art gallery, you will find all these options within a few minutes’ walk.

Stresa and Lake Orta £52, full day, Friday

Lake Orta, only twelve kilometres in length, has been described as the most romantic of all the Italian lakes. It inspired Browning and captured Nietzsche's heart.

We first visit the lake’s enchanting town of Orta San Julio, set on a garden peninsular and overlooking the island of San Giulio. Orta’s streets are too narrow for cars so it makes exploring the cobbled streets a breeze, lined with shops, bars and restaurants and ancient buildings. All streets lead to the handsome Piazza Motta which offers a stunning views over to the island of San Giulio.

Lake Maggiore is a majestic, blue lake and the second largest of the Italian lakes, at 65 km in length. We visit Stresa, the ‘Pearl of Verbano, and Maggiore’s most beautiful town, at the foot of imposing Monte Mottarone, which has a cable-car running to its peak (4.920 ft). The town, which has a charming piazza and large number of shops and bars, hosts a famous series of concerts from the end of August to the end of September. The lakeside promenade is celebrated for its lush vegetation and flowers, including oleanders, mimosa and azaleas.

Included in the price of the tour, is a visit to the Isola Bella by private boat (entrance to the Palazzo Borromeo and its gardens at additional cost). The gardens were inspired by the ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’ and Count Borromeo fashioned them into the shape of a ship for his wife, Isabella, giving the island its name. The palace houses a fine collection of art.

BOOK LOCALLY | Prices are for guidance only.

  • Villas of Como £38, half day
  • Lugano and Como £43, full day

 

Sight Seeing Tour Bus (East Coast) 

This fantastic and locally run sight seeing tour is certainly not something to miss. This multi-lingual hop on/hop off bus service takes you from Piazza Garibaldi right up through Lecco to the colourful harbour town of Varenna, the stunning crystalline waters of the Orrido di Bellano gorge and the majestic Castello di Vezio. Tickets for the bus service can be bought at local offices and prices range from €20.00 per adult for a return all day ticket to €10.00 for an evening ticket returning at 11.45pm. 

There are also child tickets (ages 5-15 years) available starting at €10.00 with children under the age of 5 travelling for free.

Please note: We act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions. See terms & conditions. Guests staying in Moltrasio need to book all excursions locally. Prices correct at time of publication and may vary up or down. 

Facilities

Restaurants and Bars

The Platinum Package for Inghams guests at Hotel Britannia Excelsior offers a fantastic selection of dining options. 

Drinks are available from the 'Bubbles Bar' from 10am each day until midnight with last orders at 11.45pm. This includes a selection of spirits and liquors, cocktails and soft drinks. 

Breakfast is taken at the Lido Restaurant just 100m away with a rich continental buffet on offer along with hot options including eggs cooked to order, bacon and sausages. 

Lunch is served in both the Queen Victoria Restaurant as well as at the Lido Restaurant. The Queen Victoria restaurant is beautifully decorated with high arched ceilings, hand painted fixtures and a traditional Italian menu with the likes of spaghetti vongole and pomodoro as well as fresh fish dishes. The more informal Lido Restaurant is known for home cooked style dishes such as rich stews and fresh pizza. 

Dinner can be taken at either of these locations as well as the Cove Restaurant and Lido Rooftop Pizzeria Restaurant where al fresco dining provides some simply breathtaking views of the lake and the mountains beyond. Gastronomic menus are available for dinner at all restaurants for a supplement payable locally. 

The Infinity Pool Cocktail Bar offers incredible +panoramic views of Como's cyan waters and a wonderful drinks menu including the classic Aperol Spritz and Hugo. The perfect spot to watch the sunset after a day of exploring the resort. 

**Please note that dinner at restaurants other than the Lido is subject to booking availability. You can book tables through the reception at the hotel to avoid disappointment** 

Pools and Beaches

The floating pool and deck just 100m away (across the road on the lakefront) which gives you the option to take a dip in the cool, crystalline waters of Lake Como as well as the large pool where loungers and parasols. *Please note that pool towels are available at the chrge of €8 per person for 7 days use. This charge applies to all guests.

Activities

Hotel Britannia Excelsior has evening entertainment five nights per week including themed live music nights. 

General Facilities

  • Free wifi

 

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • WiFi

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Hotel Britannia Excelsior
Cadenabbia, Lake Como,All Inclusive
07/10/2020 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Luton
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